A few days ago I wrote a piece entitled Is All Mold Testing Necessary. My aim was to give an unbiased look at mold testing and its sometimes perceived necessity. One point of mine is if mold is visible there becomes no need to test it, but to simply remedy the cause and clean up the mold. Another instance I feel is a waste of a clients money is performing a mold test as part of a home inspection without cause.
When I say cause I am talking about having a good reason for testing. For instance is there a musty or foul order in the home. Does the client have a sensitivity and upon entering the home they experience a bad reaction. Not to the home, but a health reaction. These I would consider valid reasons to test.
I performed an inspection the other day for a young woman who was first off a great person to work for. She was very knowledgeable about homes so we enjoyed a good rapport. When she had initially called to inquire about the inspection we had discussed mold and mold testing.
She has a sensitivity to mold.
I gave her my opinion on mold and asked her if she experienced any reaction when in the house. She had not.
The day of the inspection when I got down to the finished, well sort of finished basement, it was clear there had been a water incursion at some point.
I would consider that a conducive condition.
As I start looking around there was a closet in the corner with sheet rock walls. The other walls in the basement are covered in wood paneling. This gypsum board wasn't Chinese dry wall, but instead a fungal farm. Good old dry wall, nothing grows mold quite like it.
The funny thing was my customer had absolutely no reaction. Well that's not entirely true, she did react, it just wasn't the allergic type.
So what needs to be done? Very simply discover the source of the water and get rid of all the mold affect materials.
Bottom line; No mold testing required.
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